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Australia beat Argentina 2-1 to win gold in Hockey World League Final, highlights

Goals from Blake Govers and Jeremy Hayward helped Australia beat Argentina 2-1 to win gold in the Hockey World League Final (HWLF) on Sunday, after a tight encounter against the Olympic champions. Get highlights of the Argentina vs Australia Hockey World League Final gold-medal match here.

other sports Updated: Dec 10, 2017 22:26 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Australia hockey team players celebrate after scoring against Argentina in the gold-medal match of the FIH Men's Hockey World League Final at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. Get highlights of the Argentina vs Australia Hockey World League Final gold-medal match here.(PTI)

Australia beat Argentina 2-1 in the final of the Hockey World League Final (HWLF) to win gold at Kalinga Stadium on Sunday. Argentina, who beat India (who won bronze earlier) in the semifinals, and Australia were tied 1-1 after three quarters of the match. Blake Govers scored the winner from a penalty corner with just three minutes left in the game. Earlier, Australia scored first through Jeremy Hayward in the 17th minute while Argentina equalised through Agustin Bugallo. Australia, who had a sedate start to the tournament at crushed Germany 3-0 to reach the final. Get highlights of the Argentina vs Australia Hockey World League Final gold-medal match here.

9:01 pm IST: That’s it, the final hooter. Australia beat Argentina 2-1, withstanding severe pressure in the end, to take gold in the Hockey World League Final.

9:00 pm IST: More drama in front of the Australian goal as Argentines press hard for an equaliser.

8:57 pm IST: A hit into the Australian D earns the Argentines a penalty corner after a deflection hits the leg of an Australian player. Drama in the dying minutes of the match and the video referee is called into action. The PC attempt is cleared easily though

8:54 pm IST: Just like when the opening goal happened, Argentina show urgency. Win a penalty corner of their own. But the attempt is saved by the Australia goalkeeper. Aussies lead 2-1 with less than two minutes left in the match

8:53 pm IST: And it’s a goal. 2-1 to Australia with just three minutes left to play in the match. Blake Govers scores with a powerful low dragflick.

8:52 pm IST: Australia get a penalty corner after an Argentine player foots the ball. Crucial moment in the match. Just three minutes of play left.

8:49 pm IST: Free-hit for Argentina just outside the Australia D after a long video referral. The defence blocks the hit and now the Aussies are on the offensive. To and fro begins again, after a short respite when the video referee took centre stage.

8:42 pm IST: Knowles takes the ball up from deep defence for Australia before scooping it to the right corner of the Argentine D. Long ball, but the South American defenders are up for the challenge.

8:39 pm IST: Australia are pressing Argentina high, not giving them space to build their movies. It is clear that they want to score. But Argentines have found a way up through the flanks. Aussie defence remain resolute and blocks the drive into the D. Action then shifts to the Argentine half. The whole match has witnessed such two and fro action.

8:35 pm IST: Three quarters of the final over and nothing to differentiate between the two teams on the scorecard. Argentina and Australia are tied 1-1. All the play for in the final 15 minutes of the Hockey World League Final.

8:20 pm IST: The Aussies scramble the threat off the goalmouth after the initial drag flick was blocked by the goalkeeper. Scores are tied 1-1 three minutes into the third quarter.
8:18 pm IST: Aussies ask for the video review, which is rejected by the referee. The South Americans have been very dangerous in penalty corners right through the tournament.

8:17 pm IST: Argentina win a penalty corner after a brilliant drive into the D.
8:15 pm IST: The second half begins with Australians on the offensive, but the Argentine defence seems ready for any challenge the players from Down Under throw at them.

8:10 pm IST: At half-time Argentina and Australia are tied 1-1 -- both teams matching each other on the field on all departments.

7:51 pm IST: Argentina equalises the very next minute via a field goal -- Agustin Bugallo with a nice deflection in front of goal. ARG 1-1 AUS.

7:49 pm IST: Australia strikes first, from a penalty corner, A low drag flick to the right by Jeremy Hayward in 17th minute of the match as Australia go 1-0 up.

7:46 pm IST: It’s all square (0-0) after the first quarter of the gold-medal match between Argentina and Australia. Patient start to the match but one can’t help but feel an explosion in tempo in the coming quarter.

7:39 pm IST: Openings exchange have seen both the sides playing a slightly cagey hockey. Patient build-ups are the order of the day as Australia and Argentina size each other up. Scores are tied 0-0 with six five minutes to go in the first quarter

7:24 pm IST: The players are being introduced at the moment. Both the sides seemed pumped up for the big clash. Argentina have been the more consistent side right through the tournament but Australia have picked up momentum through the play-offs and seem to have peaked at the right time. Time for the national anthems

7:18 pm IST: Up next, it’s the big match of the day, the final of the Hockey World League Final -- Argentina, the Olympic champions, take on Australia, the world champions. Both the teams are on the field, warming up and getting ready for the national anthems.

Highlights: India vs Germany Hockey World League Final (HWLF)

Indian hockey team players celebrate after SV Sunil (lying on the ground) scored against Germany, during their third place play-off match of the Hockey World League Final at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. Get highlights of India vs Germany Hockey World League Final third place play-off below. (PTI)

Indian hockey team beat Germany 2-1 in their Hockey World League Final (HWLF) third place play-off at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. SV Sunil and Harmenpreet Singh scored to help hosts capture the bronze medal. Mark Appel scored for Germany, who came into the match without their seven players, who were ruled out with injuries.The Indian men’s hockey has ended the HWLF on a high with a bronze and also exacted sweet revenge against Germany, with whom they have lost in the pool stage. Get highlights of India vs Germany, Hockey World League Final third place play-off, below.

6:59 pm IST: While Indians won the day, Germany played with heart and a resolute system through the match with their skipper Mats Grambusch commanding things in the middle -- a Man of the Match performance.

6:50 pm IST: That’s it, India see off the German pressure in the dying minutes to seal a 2-1 victory in the Bronze medal play-off. The hosts have won bronze and celebrations are on.

6:46 pm IST: Indians are defending solidly against  a German late onslaught. They lead 2-1 with just seconds left to play in the match.

6:42 pm IST: Indian defence has been resolute against Germany penalty corners this match. The hosts lead 2-1 with just four minutes left to play in their bonze medal match.

6:41 pm IST: Germany attacking in waves now. They earn a penalty corner

6:39 pm IST: The Germans go for a video referral but in vain. India lead 2-1 with six minutes left in the match.

6:38 pm IST: India get another penalty corner. with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. And it’s a goal. Harmanpreet Singh scores with a powerful drag flick.

6:36 pm IST: The drag flick attempt from Rupinder Pal is blocked but the hosts are awarded another PC, which was cleared by the German defenders.

6:35 pm IST: India win a penalty corner

6:31 pm IST: The ease at which Germany is controlling proceedings in the middle makes us wonder if the Europeans really are playing with a depleted squad. Indians need to control the tempo of the match from midfield. They seem to be at sea in that department and the best they do are flashy runs up the flank which are stopped by a well-oiled German defence.

6:25 pm IST: India make a few skirmishes into the German D at the end of the third quarter. But no clear chance was created. The scores are tied 1-1 after the end of 45 minutes of play.

6:21 pm IST: The Indians waste the chance and the Germans are quick to counter from the right flank which is thwarted. But the referee awards the play to Australia as Sumit had committed a foul in midfield. He has been given a green card and goes out.

6:20 pm IST: India win their first penalty corner. Brilliant play from Akashdeep.

6:17 pm IST: Indians are showing a bit more urgency now. But the German goal has stunned them, it seems, Germany are moving up again. Appel, a goalkeeper, is playing with ease as an outfield player. Speaks volumes about the German side’s versatality.

6:14 pm IST: And Germany equalises. 1-1. A diagonal ball is received by Mark Appel, the goalkeeper who is being played up front due to injuries to regulars. Unmarked, in front of goal, Appel finishes it with the ease of a regular striker.

6:13 pm IST: Germany have a chance from a counter. But Fuchs’ hit is blocked wide. India get possession and build down the left flank with a long ball which is blocked by the German defence. India, at this juncture, should ideally try and control the midfield. The hosts have been unable to push their control there.

6:08 pm IST: India have had three strikes at goal in the first half while the Germans, depleted as they are, had 10. The third quarter begins, India lead 1-0

6:06 pm IST: Germany got six penalty corners in the first two quarters and the score is 1-0 in favour of India primarily thanks to the superb form of goalkeeper Suraj Karkera.

6:00 pm IST: India are 1-0 up at half-time in the bronze medal play-off against Germany. But, the hosts have conceded too many penalty corners and that isn’t a good thing against Germans.

5:55 pm IST: The Germans waste the chance though as the ball is dragflicked wide. India lead 1-0 with two minutes left in the second quarter.

5:53 pm IST: Indians concede another penalty corner, but Suraj Karkare saves again. Referee awards another penalty corner for high ball.

5:49 pm IST: The Germans seem a bit stretched at the moment, unable to move up into the Indian D. They, however are holding possession in midfield and Indians should ideally not be allowing that.

5:45 pm IST: It’s a goal. SV Sunil strikes from the field. 1-0 to India five minutes into the second quarter. Sunil strikes off a rebound from the German goalkeeper.

5:43 pm IST: Goalkeeper Suraj Karkera saves the drag flick to the right. But dangerous play and Germany get another PC. Karkera again saves

5:42 pm IST: It’s a penalty corner for Germany as the ball hit the body of Manpreet.

5:41 pm IST: Manpreet Singh fails to trap a ball hit into the Indian D. Germans ask for a review, trying for a penalty corner.

5:40 pm IST: Long corner to India as they attack again, despite a one-man disadvantage.

5:38 pm IST: Rupinder Pal Singh gets a green card for an infringement. Quite unnecessary. Germans have a numerical advantage now though only for a few minutes.

5:35 pm IST: Germany get a chance again, but the striker misses by a whisker and in the dying minutes of the quarter, India find goal, but the goal is disallowed. Score is 0-0 after the first quarter.

5:34 pm IST: Germany wins a penalty corner, but Florian Fuchs’ attempt at goal following India goalkeeper Karkera’s deflection but the hosts manage to clear.

5:33 pm IST: Both teams losing possession in midfield. India a little better off in the opening quarter though. Manpreet sends a diagonal ball into the German D which the defence scrambles and manages to clear, even as Indians as for a penalty corner.

5:31 pm IST: India attack from the left flank. Sumit’s cross intercepted by the German defence. India regroup and build their attack again.

5:29 pm IST: Germany playing a percentage game as of now. They are trying to slow the proceedings each time they have possession. While Indians are trying to take the fight to the Germans. Germany can’t afford to expend too much energy as they just have 11 players available for the match, thanks to seven injuries.

5:25 pm IST: India playing positive hockey. Manpreet Singh tries a long diagonal lob to Akashdeep, who fails to trap. But in the follow-up move, Mandeep Singh traps the ball in the D and his cross is blocked. He asks for a video referral. India get a freehit just outside the D.

5:21 pm IST: Germany gets a chance off a counter from the left flank. But Indian goalkeeper was there to push the ball away from danger.

5:19 pm IST: India get the first attack of the match. SV Sunil runs into the German D. But his cross has no receivers and it rolls out of play. Score is 0-0 three minutes into the match.

5:17 pm IST: Germans maybe depleted but the Indians can’t afford to take it easy. The Europeans have always been a tough nut to crack for the hosts. India, however, could have an advantage later in the match as the Germans get tired.

5:14 pm IST: The German team is so depleted to injury issues that out of the 11 players on the filed now, one is a goalkeeper who has to play as an outfielder. India, with home advantage as well as a fully fit side are definitely starting as favourites in the bronze play-off.

5:12 pm IST: The teams are on the field now. Proceedings begin with the national anthems -- Germany first, and then India.

5:11 pm IST: India coach Sjoerd Marijne knows how the Germans play and in the pre-match interview says, they are not worried about the tactically-sound opponents. “We are more focused on ourselves, said Marijne. “That’s been the case right through the tournament and we will be playing positive.”

5:09 pm IST: Germany have a depleted squad -- seven players sitting out in the match vs India. Which means they are practically playing with just 11 men. But they are keen to end the tournament on a high.

5:00 pm IST: Earlier, the Netherlands beat England 1-0 to win their play-off match and finish seventh in the tournament.

4:56 pm IST: India coach Sjoerd Marijne will be hoping his side’s penalty corner specialists -- Rupinder Pal Singh and young Harmanpreet Singh -- are hot against germany in the play-offs. The duo had scored in their thrilling win over Olympic silver medallists Belgium in the quarterfinals. While in the rest of the matches, where the hosts underperformed, the two were off colour as well. They can’t afford to do that against the Germans, who, despite the loss against Australia, are a formidable side.

4:51 pm IST: After the India vs Germany play-off (5:30 pm), Olympic champions Argentina will take on world champions Australia in the gold-medal match at 7:30 pm.

4:49 pm IST: First up, hosts India will take the field against Germany in the third-place play-off. It is a grudge match for Manpreet Singh and Co. India lost to Germany in their final pool match of the Hockey World League Final last week by a 0-2 margin. 

4:47 pm IST: Hi all, welcome to the live coverage of the last day of the Hockey World League Final (HWLF).

India have had a Jeckyl-and-Hyde tournament so far, starting with a draw against Australia before losing to England and Germany.

However, they raised their game and edged past Belgium in the quarterfinals -- the only team to defeat the tournament favourites. The hosts then went down 0-1 to Olympic Champions Argentina in the semifinals. A day after India’ semifinal defeat, Germany were defeated 0-3 by world champions Australia.

India coach Sjoerd Marijne’s has stitched together a team capable of beating the top countries in FIH competitions. But consistency has been their bane. India won bronze in the 2014-15 Hockey World League Final in Raipur and silver in the 2016 Champions Trophy in London, and the Manpreet Singh-led side will be looking to end the tournament at home with a medal.

This Indian team is its own enemy. It is capable of traversing from sublime to uninspiring in no time --- sometimes in the same match. Interestingly, India’s recent surge on the ranking chart started with their win against Germany in the 2012-13 HWL Final in New Delhi. And, they would love to do so here on Sunday.

First Published: Dec 10, 2017 16:28 IST